#HurricaneFlorence & Family Update

Just want to thank everyone who has sent their well wishes and prayers out to those in harm’s way from this potentially devastating storm, including my daughter and her family. After changing their plans several times yesterday, they decided to head farther west instead of south, and left for the panhandle last night. I think it was the right decision. Florence has seemingly turned to the south, now, and might make a direct hit on Charleston, instead of North Carolina. In fact, the last image I saw projected it spreading completely through Georgia and into northeast Florida, around Jacksonville.

Destin is way to the west of those areas, and after spending last night in Tallahassee, Erin called to say they  arrived there an hour or so ago. The latest on the storm also said it may not make landfall until Saturday morning, which could mean they’ll be staying over there an extra couple of days, until the all clear has been given. They should be able to ride out the storm there in safety, and that’s the most important thing. I do hope their home is spared any serious damage, flooding being the biggest risk right now. But I can breathe easier knowing they are many miles away from the area.

Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers. They have been greatly appreciated!

 

29 thoughts on “#HurricaneFlorence & Family Update

    • THanks, Mary. I had to quit looking at the updates because they changed every time, and not always for the better. 😯 I can’t handle any more stress! Just trying to wait it out, now, and praying for the best. But yes, my family should be safe where they are now. Thanks! 🙂

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  1. Thanks for the update – those of us in my profession over here in the UK are keeping a close eye on things, as the World Equestrian Games are currently underway in North Carolina (Tryon), with all the top horses in the world in attendance. A friend who is out there at the moment just posted a video of the lashing rain. We are all hoping and praying the strong winds don’t make it there, although the organisers say the venue is in a sheltered area.

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    • OH, my! I had no idea. And the predictions keep changing with every update, so who knows where or when it will make landfall, where the flooding will be (which is what they are most concerned about with Florence, predicting storm surges of over 12 feet!) and where the winds will be strongest. I’m trying to stop watching. It’s just too stressful. I sure hope Tryon is safe. I have no idea where that is, but will check so I can keep an eye on that, too, next time I look. 🙂

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      • According to Wikipedia, Tryon is “Located in the escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains,” so plenty far from the coast. Still, I don’t envy the riders as the competition is going ahead at the moment – first day today, and runs over 2 weeks.

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        • I found it earlier, Debby. It looks like it’s far enough away to be relatively safe. Probably a fair amount of rain, but nothing too horrible. Fingers crossed for that, anyway! I know you’re relieved that all those wonderful horses are probably not in harm’s way. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Michael. At least my family is safe, so now I’m hoping they have a home to return to in a few days. The only thing for sure about this storm is that right now, it’s BIG and POWERFUL. They’ve tracked waves 83 feet tall!! That will change as it nears land, but flooding from the storm surge is a huge issue. I appreciate your kind words!

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  2. Thanks for the update, Marcia. Relieved that Erin and co are out of harm’s way. Here’s hoping that the storm doesn’t live up to predictions and goes out with a whimper. Keep us in the loop, if you feel up to it. Hugs coming your way from Wales.

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    • Thanks, Trish. I’m relieved that they are out of the path of this storm, for sure. Now I’m praying their house will be spared, as well. But in the best of all worlds, this storm would dry up and go away! I’ll keep you posted as we see what tomorrow brings. 🙂 ❤ And I'll take all the hugs I can get!

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    • Yes, the winds have slowed so it’s now a Category 2, but it doesn’t do much of anything to the flooding issue. In fact, the storm is moving much slower and could stall over the coast for as much as 36 hours, which could mean even worse flooding than they feared, but it’s one of those things you can’t control. So now, it’s just wait and see how it turns out. But I’m much relieved, knowing they’re out of harm’s way, for sure! 🙂

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  3. Reading this on Thursday morning, and I’m worried now that they show the incredible size of the storm. I’m relieved for your family, Marcia, and relieved to read so many folks heeded the evacuation warnings. Please keep us posted. ..Hugs and prayers for safety for you all!

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    • The storm really is huge, and now that the winds have slowed, so has the forward motion. That means it could stall over the coast for a much longer time, and bring even worse flooding. But it’s all a guessing game, and all we can do is wait and see what happens. At least my family is our of harm’s way, and that’s the most important thing. 🙂 Thanks, Terri! 🙂

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  4. Marcia, so happy to hear your family is safe. We’re in southern Delaware, and they’ve taken us out of the hurricane’s path except for a couple inches of rain. Now, though, they say it will turn inland and head north and hit our home in PA with heavy rain. We’ve already been having flooding there from months of record-breaking rain. Of course, they revise the forecast every day, so best to keep checking.

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    • Well, one thing for sure. No matter which direction this storm goes (unless it’s out to the mid-Atlantic) someone is going to suffer property damage at some level. I just hope we don’t lose anyone who wasn’t able to evacuate in time. I’ll be so glad when Florence goes away!

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  5. Thanks for updating us Marsh. So glad your family is safe and were smart enough to evacuate. I see the hurricane has somewhat lost speed but flooding out many parts still with each rising high tide. Awful, I’ve seen it on the news. I hope your family’s home doesn’t suffer any or too much damage, but the main thing is they are safe. Tender mercies. ❤ xx

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    • Thanks, Debby. This storm is predicted to sit in one spot and pour 3″ of rain every HOUR for at least another 24 to 36 hours!! It is impacting North Carolina all the way to the mountains, and they say every flood record will be broken before this is over. Some rivers are predicted to crest at 20+ feet! And I doubt many of the people living that far west evacuated. So it’s really grim for them.

      South Carolina is taking less of a hit than it might have, but because the storm isn’t moving, there will probably be at least some flooding, washed out roads, and washed out bridges there, too. But as of the latest report, they aren’t QUITE as worried about storm surge along the Charleston shore, so I’m hopeful my daughter’s house will be spared. Too soon to know, and they can’t go home yet. We’ll see what they say tomorrow.

      MAN, I’m sick of hurricanes!!!!!! 😦 But I’m so happy my family is safe!

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      • Sounds about right to me Marsh. I’ve seen the charts on the news about that storm just circling around dropping more rain for days. I do hope there are no more casualities! Hopefully, it will get tired of spinning and die off sooner. 🙂 xx

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